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Anchor Drop, December 3, 2023: Women host Louisiana Tech

The men’s team, well, they weren’t too impressive yesterday.

NCAA Womens Basketball: SEC Conference Tournament Round One-Texas A&M at Venderbilt Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

Vanderbilt women’s basketball hosts Louisiana Tech today at 1:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+. The Commodores are coming off their first loss of the season on Wednesday against NC State; Louisiana Tech is 2-5 this season and I know nothing else about them.

The men’s team had to pull away in the second half to beat Alabama A&M 78-59 and this actually isn’t an impressive result, though it’s at least not a single-digit game as Vanderbilt’s three previous wins had all been.

One more for the transfer portal:

Not that this concerns Vanderbilt, but the College Football Playoff will be announced at 11 AM. This year should be an easy selection, with three undefeated Power 5 conference champs and the one-loss Big 12 champ beat the one-loss SEC champ at their place, except that following basic logic would mean that Alabama (and the SEC) is out of the playoff. So a shocking number of sportswriters are doing mental gymnastics to justify leaving out a 13-0 Florida State because its quarterback got hurt in favor of one-loss Alabama. College football, where overcoming adversity is a strike against you. I am growing to hate this ridiculous sport.

Bad Gambling Advice

Yesterday: 0-3 ATS, 1-2 totals; Season to date: 58-41-2 ATS, 53-45-2 totals

  • Auburn at Appalachian State (12:00 PM CT, ESPN2): Appalachian State +7.5, Over 142.5
  • Wichita State at Missouri (2:00 PM CT, ESPN2): Wichita State +7, Under 146.5
  • Southern at Mississippi State (3:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Mississippi State -25.5, Under 142.5

Sports on TV

All times Central. College basketball schedule here.

  • 12:00 PM: NFL: Regional coverage (FOX/CBS)
  • 1:00 PM: NHL: Blackhawks at Wild (TNT)
  • 5:00 PM: NHL: Sharks at Rangers (TNT)
  • 7:20 PM: NFL: Chiefs at Packers (NBC)

Scoreboard

SEC Football: Alabama 27, Georgia 24.

SEC Men’s Basketball: Ole Miss 80, Memphis 77 ... UNC Wilmington 80, Kentucky 73.

SEC Women’s Basketball: Marshall 91, Florida 88 ... Missouri 88, SE Missouri 43 ... Southern Miss 61, Ole Miss 59.

NBA: Clippers 113, Warriors 112 ... Timberwolves 123, Hornets 117 ... Nets 129, Magic 101 ... Cavaliers 110, Pistons 101 ... Pacers 144, Heat 129 ... Bulls 124, Pelicans 118 ... Bucks 132, Hawks 121 ... Thunder 126, Mavericks 120 ... Suns 116, Grizzlies 109 ... Jazz 118, Trail Blazers 113 ... Kings 123, Nuggets 117 ... Lakers 107, Rockets 97.

NHL: Stars 8, LIghtning 1 ... Jets 3, Blackhawks 1 ... Rangers 4, Predators 3 ... Islanders 4, Panthers 3 ... Bruins 4, Maple Leafs 3 ... Red Wings 5, Canadiens 4 ... Senators 2, Kraken 0 ... Flyers 4, Penguins 3 ... Hurricanes 6, Sabres 2 ... Coyotes 4, Blues 1 ... Canucks 4, Flames 3 ... Golden Knights 4, Capitals 1 ... Ducks 4, Avalanche 3.